Dental Crowns in Issaquah, WA
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Dental crowns are used to help with a number of tooth-related issues. As a small cap that fits over an existing tooth or dental implant, a dental crown is typically used to improve and preserve a tooth’s structure and appearance. At Issaquah Dental Health, our dental professionals provide dental crowns for patients struggling with damaged or misshapen teeth. We proudly offer porcelain and other tooth-colored dental crowns to match your tooth’s natural appearance.
Learn more about dental crowns below, and contact our Issaquah, WA office at (425) 392-1010 to schedule an appointment with our dental team today!
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a small, tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the surface of the tooth to restore its structure and aesthetic appearance. When cemented in place, a dental crown will fully cover the portion of a tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are used for a number of applications, including:
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking (often due to decay), or holding together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restoring an already-broken or severely worn down tooth
- Supporting and covering a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Covering a severely discolored and misshapen tooth
- Covering a dental implant
- Modifying a tooth cosmetically
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. They are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface.
Getting a Dental Crown: What to Expect
There are typically two steps involved in getting a dental crown. During the first step, our dental professionals will assess the extent of the damage on your tooth. This step often involves X-ray imaging to give our dental team a better picture of your tooth’s roots and the surrounding bone. If it is determined that your tooth has extensive decay or its pulp is at risk of infection or injury, our dental team will perform a root canal treatment prior to adding a dental crown. The area around your tooth is then anesthetized so our dental team can file down the sides of your tooth to allow space for the crown to fit. Once this is completed, an impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab to create the crown. While your permanent crown is being made, we will give you a temporary crown to wear in the meantime.
During the second step of the dental crown process, our dental team will remove your temporary crown and check to see if the permanent lab-made crown is the right fit and color. If everything is in order, we will anesthetize the area around your tooth and cement the crown in place.
What Are Partial Dental Crowns?
Crowns or onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. They use the existing tooth as a base and then the inlay or onlay replaces the damaged or missing parts tooth to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape and prevent further damage. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right into the center tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive and involves one or more tooth cusps. Your tooth will look natural as our inlays and onlays are non-metal, tooth-colored ceramic.
Available Dental Crowns at Issaquah Dental Health
There are several types of dental crown materials available, including stainless steal, gold, and other metals. Here at Issaquah Dental Health, our team prefers to use tooth-colored dental crowns made from composite resin or all-ceramic/all-porcelain material to mimic the tooth’s natural appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about our dental crown procedures here at Issaquah Dental Health, please give us a call at (425) 392-1010 to schedule a consultation at our office today!
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